The class I run on Outschool is actually “Critical and Ethical Thinking”, so it’s not always about purely ethics. This weeks topic is more of a critical thinking exercise, as we discuss conspiracy theories. I wrote the lesson today, ready for the first few classes this evening. We talk about Flat Earthers, moon landing denial, and anti-vaxxers. That gave me enough material for plenty of questions to ask the kids, exploring things like:
- How likely is it that all of the scientists who study the Earth accidentally got the shape wrong?
- Does it make any sense at all that scientists and governments would deliberately lie to everyone about the shape of the Earth?
- What do you think would make some people believe NASA didn’t really land on the moon?
- If someone believes the Earth is flat, does that cause any harm?
- Should we try to show conspiracy theorists they are wrong, or is it a waste of time?
Apart from writing the lesson and running 3 classes, I spent time working on comics, and walking up to the shops with Scully to get some lunch and buy some things.
And now I’m going to get an earlier night after staying up last night for that meeting that never happened.
New content today: